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Projected Twin – Earth To World

November 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Audio Tragedi Album Review

Projected Twin – Earth To World 2010

Shaun Holton isn’t your traditional artist.

Essentially a one man band, the 24-year-old from Adelaide (South Australia) formed PROJECTED TWIN in late-2006. After spending his earlier years in bands, it became apparent his frustration in having to please the other members in the band stemmed his growth creatively as an artist.

“I had got to a point where I felt like I wasn’t really given a proper opportunity to create music without having to worry about 3-4 other people’s opinions or artistic flare being trampled on,” said Shaun. So was the birth of Projected Twin that allows Holton to create ‘band’ orientated music as a solo artist.

“I’ve always known what I wanted to hear. And beat boxing the drum part you hear in your head to your drummer doesn’t often get the results you were aiming for. So I just hit sticks together and plucked strings until I started hearing the sounds I wanted to hear”.

Which sounds like a brilliant formula to use.

After spending the most part of 2007 and 2008 performing full time all over the world including Oman, Thailand, Iraq, Indonesia and USA including a six-month residency at Dubai’s Hard Rock Café, Shaun returned to Australia with a renewed focus to cement his own blend of rock in what is to be his debut album.

This was to be; Earth To World.

We begin what seems like an epic journey with a ten minute fiasco, spanning from lounge esque music to a brand of heavy metal that chunks throughout the rest of the song that is “Post Secret”. Our first taste of “Earth to World”. The song begins extremely faintly; almost tip toeing on the album, quietly lulling you into the album and basically bringing the album to its grand beginning. “I walk across the dotted line”.

“I’ll Fall For Anything” is a perfect example of how many influences shaun used to create this album. With an essence of “Panic! At The Disco” Rhythm, this song cannot help but being very catchy and with a very prominent solo staying faithful to the base of the song; this is probably my favourite song on the album. “We Know its True” was the first single from the album, which I disagree with because its not the most ambiguous song on the album, however its still not at fault and still stays true to the album. The slow down however re-invents this song and is brilliant;”Tripping over each other”.

“Shark water” shows of Shaun’s Acoustic skills. However he said “I will probably not play this song [Shark Water] during live shows as its to difficult to re-create” which disappoints me slightly, as this song is a brilliant calm before the storm that is the rest of the album. As with “Redemption Away” another song that feels like the calm before the storm, also showing “Twins” brilliant picking qualities.

“Oh. The Drama” is a refreshing wake up. With a furious drum beat, a bass line to die for and of course not forgetting the ominous glow of synth sounds throughout.

“Try” and “Deny” are both the atypical songs of the album, “Try” is just the introduction to “Deny”. However I can see why he has done this, honing and showing his skills in the introduction not to ruin it with the main part of the song, I applaud him on this as few to many bands have done this.

The title track “Earth To World” starts of with a slow ambience for the best part of two minutes. Another song that produces Shaun’s skills to the world however with another acoustic driven song, which also begins with a saxaphone accompaniment.  This song in its essence is brilliant, bringing out and proving the full potential of Shaun Holton.

The final song “Circle of Two” starts of with female vocals, clearly a duo. However this song is not done to its full potential, the female vocalist as brilliant as she is just doesn’t go with Shaun’s voice. However ignoring that, this song is a brilliant adjournment to the album.

On a complete whole. “Earth To World” suprises me, as this sounds like a fully fledged master piece. Which is not something you can expect from an unsigned or even underground band. An extremely impressive debut. Without any doubts.

9/10

Songs to Download:

“Post Secret”, “I’ll Fall For Anything”, “Shark Water”.

 

For Fans Of: Petroleum Falcon


The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Audio Tragedi Review

The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang (2010)

Label: Side One Dummy

With the highs still set afoot from “The ’59 Sound”; American Blues Rock ‘N’ Roll band The Gaslight Anthem needed something to up the ante. In a recent interview singer and guitarist Brandon Fallow told how “59′ Sound” was basically the sound of their influences. Now, 2010; “American Slang” needs to prove that this band isn’t just a “influence Oriented” band and that they can stand on their own with their own unique sound. This is my review of The Gaslight Anthem’s American Slang.

Nothing will stop me from enjoying this album again and again. The title track speaks to me as a classic chunk of American soul. “I got your name tattooed in the side of my arm”. Stay lucky has the attitude about it which doesn’t come easily for Gaslight. To compare it to any other gaslight album would be senseless; as this album stands alone perfectly. No album I’ve heard yet is as diverse as “American Slang”; “Stay Lucky” has the punk edge to it. Whereas “The Diamond  Church Street Choir” as an unmistakeable soul feel; “Who sings it better than the blues”. You can’t help but click your fingers to it, believe me, I’ve tried. “Boxer” unbelievably has a slight hip-hop feel to it, in the beginning at least. And let’s not forget the epic rock anthem “We Did It When We Were Young”.

“The Queen Of Lower Chelsea” is a working anthem, perfect little bit of the album, a healthy middle.

Old Haunts has to be my favourite. The thing about The gaslight that I don’t understand. Is how they can make an incredible album “The 59′ Sound” and still have more, blues, more hook catching choruses and more epically brilliants songs.

To wrap this up swiftly, The Gaslight Anthem have once again astounded me. They’ve done something that not many bands can say of late…

They’ve made an album that’s better than its predecessor “The 59′ Sound”

8/10

Tracks To Download:

We Did It When We Were Young

Old Haunts

The Spirit Of Jazz

For Fans Of: This Charming Man, Against Me!, The Riot Before

Thanks For Reading!

How I Became A Cyber Stalker…On Foursquare…

August 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Louise has straight, auburn hair and, judging by the only photograph I have of her, she’s in her 30s.

She works in recruitment.

I also know which train station she uses regularly, what supermarket she shopped at last night and where she met her friends for a meal in her home town last week.

At this moment, she is somewhere inside the pub in front of me meeting with colleagues after work.

Louise is a complete stranger.

Until 10 minutes ago when I discovered she was located within a mile of me, I didn’t even know of her existence.

But equipped only with a smartphone and an increasingly popular social networking application called Foursquare, I have located her to within just a few square metres, accessed her Twitter account and conducted multiple cross-referenced Google searches using the personal details I have already managed to accrue about her from her online presence.

In the short time it has taken me to walk to this pub in central London, I probably know more about her than if I’d spent an hour talking to her face-to-face.

She doesn’t know it yet, but Louise is about to meet her new digital stalker.

– taken from last weeks “Guardian” written by Leo Hickman.

If you think facebook is riddled with the dangers of bullying and identity theft, take a look at Foursquare.

The fast-growing social network site, combines gameplay with information about where you are located at any one time.

As facebook celebrated its 500millionth user this week, Forsquare boasted 100million “check-ins”.

Foursquare is a web app in which members build a list of friends in the same way as facebook – but the difference is they can share their location as well.

In Foursquare, you get points and rewards for being the most “social.” You can become the “mayor” of an area by being the person who has checked in the most.

If you combine this information with the service Glympse, you can even see on a map, in real time, what time your friend will arrive based on their current location.

Real-time stalking without even being able to physically see the person.

You don’t even need to tail someone anymore in a car…

These kids have it so easy these days!

You can also post your locations on Twitter and Facebook. In some ways this type of information can be very useful.

Parents can see where their kids are, and mates can all meet up for some real-life face time with each other at a venue.

But it doesn’t take a genius to work out that, in the hands of bullies and stalkers; this information can be potentially dangerous to users.

A user could be tricked into being a friend and have their location exposed when they “check in” at a venue, club or even coffee shop.

Last month coding expert, Jesper Andersen, exploited a security glitch in San Francisco.

He was able to access over 875,000 check-ins over a 3 week period.

He had access to the locations and personal information of all those users. He verified the information with some friends who used Foursquare and immediately freaked them all out. Wonderful!

We all know that people put way to much information online. Foursquare’s default settings aren’t helping that either;

The default privacy options are that you have to opt out of things instead of approving them.

There is always a way to hack data even if you are careful about what you share.

But what about Louise?

Isn’t all of this her fault because she put all of this information online?

Well, she was just surprised as we were. She didn’t even want to use Foursquare but in her field she needs to use the latest technology and using Foursquare was encouraged by her company.

Here is what she had to say about the precautions she took.

“I thought I was being very careful with what I was posting. I never thought I was revealing personal information. I only use my maiden name when using social networking apps. And I never check in when at my kids’ school or at home. But, as you’ve shown, I can’t see who’s following me on Twitter. If I was going out for an evening with my girlfriends again, I don’t think I would now share it with the world via Foursquare.” (Louise’s setting on Foursquare automatically tweets her location whenever she checks into a location, which was how I could tell via her Twitter feed, without being her Foursquare “friend”, where she had been in recent days in such detail.).


So, if your considering joining Foursquare even after you read this post.

Think twice before you “check-in”  anywhere.

Only make friends with people you know.

Don’t you use identifiable pictures of yourself and never check in at personal places, instead use public areas.

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Bullet For My Valentine – Fever


Audio Tragedi Track by Track Music Review

Bullet For My Valentine – Fever (2010)
Label: Jive

So… what does Bullet For My Valentines follow up to 2008 Scream! Aim Fire? In one word…”bullet”. And not the ups and downs of SAF but the bullet we know and love from debut “The Poison”. Furious riffs, epic vocals and of course those melodies that everyone knows bullet for. Here is a track by track review of Bullet For My Valentines “Fever”.

Your Betrayal

Marching drums sets the tone for the entire album, followed by a guitar riff to die for… Typical bullet. Whispering into your ear “Am i going insane?” / “The evil feeling that ticks” this is darker than the other albums, definably no remorse. And funnily enough the other two albums were supposed to be as dark. “Pay The Price For Your Betrayal”


The Last Fight

Second single “The Last Fight” is everything i despise about what bullet does. Do not get me wrong, fast paced metal and emotive lyrics are good. But this song sounds TO much like every other song on any other bullet album. Maybe the vocals do this. And like I said, early days… Lets see if this song grows on me.  Besides maybe the solo is the only thing to comment on this song as being worth a listen. “I Will Fight / One Last Fight / I Am Not Your Enemy”

Fever

Does anyone hear Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Beast And The Harlot” main guitar riff in this? I know let’s start of this song with a riff that any bullet fan will know from our past tour with A7X. Forgetting that it sounds like this in the beginning, the heavy riff that ensues the rest of the song is brilliant. This fits perfectly with the best lyrics that Matt Tuck has sung in a long time. “You Look So Beautiful / Down On Your Knees” this is a side of bullet that we have not seen since The End “The Bed We Fucked In / Stays The Same” and they’ve definitely improved on this. Everything fits into this song perfectly the “Woooaaaaaah!” the relentless drums and the perfect lyrics… what? what’s Beast and the Harlot again? “I Can Feel Your Fever Taking Over / And Your The Remedy”

A Place Were You Belong

This takes us back to the days that “Tears Don’t Fall” was gracing all of our playlists. “Were You Belong” speaks with such power that I could honestly say that this is better than “Tears”. Right at the beginning the first surprise is bringing in the acoustic guitar just after the crescendo; Which sets the mood almost perfectly… Which perfectly sets the scene for Matt to gallantly step towards the mic and show us what we missed in “Scream! Aim Fire” and we missed FROM “The Poison”. Perfection ensues throughout the first verse and the chorus. “Now I’m Wasting Away / In My Own Misery”. A Perfect bridge for a solo which is delivered effortlessly. Emotively desperation inside the lyrics is what makes this song the best on the album. Lest us not forget the spine tingling solo that ends returning back into that beautiful acoustic. Bringing us into the final chorus and the final stretch towards the end. “I Hope You’ve Finally Gone / To A Place Were You Belong”

Pleasure And Pain

Furious vocals by jay in beginning brings in the thrashing of the guitars along with the prominent beats of the drums. The verses of the song seem bland to me, the chorus doesn’t fit as well as a thought, with the melodic vocals trying to push forward the song and the guitar bringing it down. The simplicity of the structure of this song doesn’t impress me and my feelings towards the solo are nonchalant. A typical drawl song to fill in the album. “You Don’t Bring Me Pleasure / You Just Bring Me Pain / And Nothing In Between”

Alone

you have to love the melody of the guitar in the intro, strings are added to this track which is a first for bullet (disregarding Poisons “Intro”) which brings a cold feel to the song. with the end of the introduction an immanent crescendo with the distant screaming. The beginning of the verse is brilliantly played “So burn all your bridges / Cause I’m not going down”  this song is a brilliant Fuck you anthem, going from typical bullet thrashing their way through the verse, then the verse suddenly changes into an uprising and momentous  fill “It’s Funny How The Table Turns” Introducing the strings into this section was generously done however. Matt’s straining voice shows through the beginning of the chorus which brings a surprising helplessness to the song. Lyrically better than previous albums  this song surprises me; it sounds like old bullet with a new.. feel. This is also brilliantly portrayed in the final moments of this song. Which bring the song to a brilliant shuddering holt. “You Pray for salvation / cause your heart is made of stone / you can die and rot alone”

Breaking Out, Breaking Down

This song is a huge chunk of melodic mass, the reason being is it sounds like bullet are giving in to the masses of bands that already sound like this. Next Song.

Bittersweet Memories

This is classic bullet again, Matt’s voice is so surprising in this song as he sings like he’s never sung before “I’m Not A Saint That’s Easy To Tell, But Guess What Honey Your No Angel”. This song is a brilliant memory of what bullet is capable of, A huge ballad of epic proportions and not trailing away from their roots as a Thrash band. “Light The Fire And Walk Away, There’s Nothing Left To Say”.

Dignity

Brilliantly bringing the album back to its thrash roots towards the end of the album with this furious number. Brilliantly drummed out i feel that this has a bigger impact on this song than the others. With the incredible solo towards the end of the song. And once again Tuck’s  Impeccable vocals harmonize the song.

Begging For Mercy

This song became the taster for the album in the beginning of March, which is a bit of a disappointment; as the taster should be the tone for the rest of the album, which is not true. This song is brilliantly coursed, heavy and dazzling however the rest of the album is dark and gritty (with the exception of a few of  the tracks). Brilliant growling vocals again from tuck and louder than life guitar thrashes. This should be the signature track to the corner stone of bullets new album.

Pretty On The Outside

The Final track on this epic album, is different. Changing the tone of the album is not a good idea. Especially on the final song; And yet, It fits perfectly. What an ending to “Fever”… Forget “Forever And Always” and “The End” this isn’t a ballad for the romantics, This is a full on thrash anthem. Brilliant.

On A Whole, this album is a spectacular revival of Bridgend’s own Bullet For My Valentine.

8/10

Tracks To Download: Fever, A Place Were You Belong, Alone

For Fans Of: Trivium, Bless the Fall, kill hannah

Thank you for reading through my review, it took a while to write.

So as a thanks here’s the bonus track, The Last Fight Acoustic For You To Download:

Music Courtesy of Electric Audio


Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (II)

Audio Tragedi Music Review

Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (II) (2010)

Label: Fiction

Crystal Castles follow up to their debut album of the same name is nothing short of  period pains, with alice glass screaming around each track, making it quite difficult to listen to throughout. However I tried my best and here is an album review of “Crystal Castles II”.

On this attempt at an album, at least all the songs sound the different instead of the same constant drone of the last album, which don’t get me wrong is an altogether good album, but the songs sounded to slightly the same. This album has a fuller sound all be it still raw like their previous work.  “Baptism” screams brilliance with there technological sounds and quips, with the beat of Cath’s drums resounding as a healthy middle. You feel that they may of used to many glitch sounds; “Doe Deer” is a horrible head fuck, resounding out of both speakers that sound like they’re about to blow and “I am made of chalk” is no different, actually scaring me slightly. “Celestica” is the first song that I have actually heard her sing in, which suprises me to be quite good. But when “year of silence” is played you can tell that its not an imminent sound that they intend to keep throughout the album. “Vietnam” stands out as being the best song and sound on the track which brings a darker feel to the whole album. Darker than their last work is a definite plus, and their sound has matured more. “Birds” with all its brilliance is another favorite, with an excellent sample of a heavy guitar riff, mixing the electronic nu rave sound with a heavy metal sound and still not taking away their originality.

On a whole the album surprised me as being defiantly better than their previous work, and if they keep this up there is no reason why they can’t be hailed as a brilliant and innovative band of the next decade.

RATING: 6/10

SONGS TO DOWNLOAD: Vietnam, Birds, Intimate

FOR FANS OF: Heartsrevolution, Gaggle, MSTRKRFT

CRYSTAL CASTLES SITE

You Me At Six – Hold Me Down

May 10, 2010 2 comments

Audio Tragedi Music Review

You Me At Six – Hold Me Down (2010)

Label: Virgin, Epitaph

See we have a problem with bands like this; they have a good catchy rhythm to them, lyrically brilliant… But I could be saying exactly the same thing about every other new wave punk rock band thats come out in the past four years. But lets forget that You Me At Six sound like other bands, lets look at this album standing on its own, as an original piece of music. You need to have a hearing problem if you don’t like the sound of “Underdog”, with its big leads and bigger than life chorus. A typical story is the album on a whole sounds like one big prepubescent cry for help. Their next single “liquid confidence” sounds like its been taken straight out a glee episode with the backing vocals. You made your points about your lady friends in “Take of your colours” why not leave it at that? To be honest if I was to try and sell this album i would sell it as “Take Of Your Colours Part 2”. I would rather you spend your money on their debut than this album, as the new material is simply not new, at least with colours the sound was fresh back then. Accidental Infidelity is to damn good a song to pass up however, having said that, YMAS need to go back to the drawing board, forget about trying to connect with your audience with songs about partying and girls, as you did that in your last album and you connected well. In my conclusion this album is great, its catchy. But i would not waste my time in buying it when they have a perfectly good album that sounds just like this in 2008.

RATING: 4/10

For Fans Of: Kids In Glass Houses, Boys Like Girls, Forever The Sickest Kids

Songs To Download: Underdog, Accidental Infidelity, Trophy Eyes

http://www.youmeatsix.co.uk/